As you are aware, methane is a potent greenhouse gas, with a global warming potential more than 80 times that of carbon dioxide over a 20-year period. The oil and gas industry is a major source of methane emissions, and stronger regulations are necessary to curb these emissions and mitigate their impact on our climate. By strengthening the proposed methane rule and swiftly finalizing it, we can take a significant step towards achieving our climate goals and safeguarding our planet for future generations.
Science has shown us that methane pollution worsens climate change, resulting in hotter weather and stagnant air — conditions that contribute to extreme heat and drought. As current temperatures continue to rise, millions of people across the U.S. are experiencing extreme weather and severe health impacts. Slowing today’s unprecedented rate of warming can help avert our most acute climate risks.
More needs to be done to guarantee the safety of communities and our planet. The EPA must continue to advance the rule by eliminating pollution from routine flaring, tightening standards to address emissions at more tanks, and ensuring that individuals and communities have a clear pathway to participate and engage in the super emitter response program.
We are counting on this Administration and your agency to quickly address these concerns, and to finalize strong rules to cut methane pollution from the oil and gas sector before it’s too late.
Thank you for your consideration,